Welcome to carbonstories.org. On this site you can learn about Michael Johnson-Chase and follow my blogs. With some exceptions, this site follows "theme based" cycling tours focusing on social and climate related issues. Slowed down observations of the world over days, weeks and months at 10 to 15 miles an hour can reveal a depth and quality of understanding about our environment often missed by faster modes of travel.

Southern Tier, Post 16

Day 18, Post 16: Wonderful and exhausting day. Cycled uphill almost all day against moderately tough winds. I'm now in Marfa, TX - an arty, pretentious and monied town. Quite the scene, given it's in the middle of Texas ranch country. I'm still biking with two guys from the east coast and another cyclist from Madison, WI. We are all going to St Augustine, and it's fun having others to cycle with (even though I also quite enjoy cycling solo as well). Time will tell if we continue to travel together or not, but for now it's ok. Right now I'm sitting in a bar at the St George hotel in the center of town where the 4 of us are taking a break from camping and are splitting the cost of a room. It's a suite, in fact, and the hotel let us have it at almost half price because they knew they wouldn't rent it otherwise. The town is CRAZY. Between an annual festival called Marfa Magic and spring break (I guess this town is popular with University of Texas students) and the fact that there is nothing else around for hundreds of miles, it's a madhouse.

Check out my road cycling activity on Garmin Connect.
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1618006311

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Pic 1, on the way to Marfa one can find this art installation. Some people seem to take it literally and admire the shoes. I think it's a clever ironic criticism of consumer society.

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Pic 2, a good example of the landscape I am now going through. The open space is almost stupefying.

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Pic 3, I woke up to 32 degrees and strong winds. A tough way to start the day but it was beautiful nonetheless.

More to come,

Michael

Southern Tier, Post 17

Southern Tier, Post 15